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A complaint has been filed against the Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant for allegedly violating the election Model Code of Conduct by holding a meeting with government officers.

The complaint was filed with Goa’s Chief Electoral Officer on Monday.

According to the rules prescribed in the Model Code of Conduct, ministers are strictly restricted from holding any official discussions with officers while the conduct is in place. Activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues who filed the complaint alleged that the Chief Minister and his ministers have been blatantly violating the law by holding meetings with government officials.

Rodrigues in his complaint alleged that the Chief Minister had held a meeting with police officials on April 3 at the secretariat. This is despite a clause in the model code of conduct which clearly states that officials can be summoned only during the time of an emergency.

Activist and lawyer, Rodrigues in the complaint sought the help of Election Commission to prevent any further incidents of the similar nature by employing flying squads at the offices and residences of the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues. This, according to Rodrigues, will help to keep a strict vigil and help to ensure that the model code of conduct is followed strictly.

Rodrigues, in the complaint, has called upon the Chief Electoral Officer to request a report on the matter. He also demanded to take all necessary action against Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.

A copy of the complaint has also been sent to the Chief Election Commissioner of India.

Sawant hasn’t made any public response on the issue so far. The election commission is expected to take some time to come up with a response.

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